Mark Loram

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Mark Loram
Mark Loram.jpg
Born (1971-01-10) 10 January 1971 (age 45)
Mtarfa, Malta
Nationality England England
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history

1987-1988
1989, 2006-2009
1990-1994
1995-1996
1997
1998
1999-2000
2001
2002-2003
2004-2005

1992, 1999-2000
1993-1997
1998, 2007
2001-2003
2004
2005
2006

1992-1997
1999-2000
2001-2004
2005-2006
United Kingdom
Hackney Kestrels
Ipswich Witches
King's Lynn Stars
Exeter Falcons
Bradford Dukes
Wolverhampton Wolves
Poole Pirates
Peterborough Panthers
Eastbourne Eagles
Arena Essex Hammers
Poland
Częstochowa
Apator Toruń
KM Ostrów Wielkopolski
Polonia Bydgoszcz
RKM Rybnik
Stal Gorzów
Unia Leszno
Sweden
Bysarna
Smederna
Luxo Stars
Piraterna
Individual honours
2000
1989
1991
1994
1997, 1999, 2001
1997
1999
1999
World Champion
National League Riders Champ
South African Champion
Commonwealth Champion
British Champion
Danish Grand Prix Winner
Overseas Champion
Swedish Grand Prix Winner
Team honours
1988
1997
2003
National League
Elite League
Elite League KO Cup

Mark Roysten Gregory Loram (born 10 January 1971)[1] is a former British motorcycle speedway rider who won the World Speedway Championship in 2000 and won the British Championship in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

Career[edit]

Born in Mtarfa, Malta, Mark Loram started his career with the Hackney Kestrels in 1987.[2] In 1999 Loram became the first rider in Speedway Grand Prix history to win a GP whilst being entered as a wild card, a feat only repeated three times since (as at the end of the 2012 season). He won two Grand Prix in his career; 1997 Danish Grand Prix in Vojens and 1999 when he won the Swedish Grand Prix in Linköping.

Loram became the Speedway World Champion in 2000 despite not winning any of the Grand Prix meetings held that year, the only rider to ever do so. However he was the only rider to reach the semi-finals in all six meetings which along with runner-up placings in the opening two rounds in the Czech Republic and Sweden as well as a third in Britain in Round 4 gave him enough points to secure his first and only world title. Loram scored 102 points over the six rounds to defeat 1996 champion Billy Hamill (who won the Czech Republic and European GP's) on 95 and defending champion Tony Rickardsson (who won in Poland) on 94. Loram's win saw him become the 7th British rider to win speedway's ultimate individual prize.

Loram has also been British Champion three times, in 1997, 1999 and 2001. In March 2007 Loram broke his thigh and dislocated his arm whilst riding in the opening fixture of the Elite League season for the Ipswich Witches. This ended his involvement in the sport for 2007, and he was unable to ride in 2008 and 2009. On 17 December 2009, Loram officially announced his retirement from speedway.

World Final Appearances[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1995 6th 77 3rd Third in British Grand Prix
1996 7th 58 2nd Second in Danish Grand Prix
1997 5th 81 Winner Won Danish Grand Prix
1998 10th 52 6th
1999 5th 71 Winner Won Swedish Grand Prix
2000 1st 102 2nd Only rider to make every semi-final
2001 9th 54 4th
2002 8th 97 3rd Third in Polish and Slovenian Grand Prix
2003 18th 32 11th
2004 17th 38 9th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, Robert (January 2004). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2004. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-2915-9. 
  2. ^ Fenn, C. (2003) Hackney Speedway, Friday at Eight, Stroud: Tempus Publishing, ISBN 0-7524-2737-7
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5